50 Laois families are expected to be in new homes by the end of this year following a €745,000 investment from the government.
According to Laois TD Sean Fleming, the Department of Housing has granted the funding in order to enable Laois County Council refurbish and re-let 50 houses this year.
The Minister for State at the Department of Finance welcomed the news and hopes that local people will also be employed to carry out this work.
He said: “This is great news as 50 families can now receive houses from the Council before the end of the year.
“Under the scheme the Department will cover the cost of up to €11,000 for 45 properties for refurbishment.
“For houses that require significant investment to bring them back into use the Government will provide €50,000 for each of the five houses that have been identified by the Council.
“I look forward to Laois County Council proceeding with this work as soon as possible to ensure all of these 50 families are in their new homes over the coming months.
“Finally, this is really good news for local builders and tradespersons who can get good local work under this scheme.
“This will ensure this money will be spent locally and I ask the Council to do everything possible to employ local people to work on these house refurbishments.”